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My favourite derby: Brett Heady
Brett Heady takes a screamer in the first western derby. Picture: The West Australian.

Much like a host of his peers, dual West Coast premiership forward Brett Heady can't go past the western derby that started it all for his magic moment.

The half-forward had already made it a habit of producing bags of goals, with two hauls of six in their premiership year of 1994.

He showed he could also step up to the plate in a derby when their first meeting with Fremantle rolled around in round seven the following year.

Heady kicked 5.3 in a game the Eagles won by 85 points. It was a crushing message to their cross-town rivals that West Coast were without question the big boys in town.

"I think definitely the first derby is very hard to beat," Heady said.

"It was a massive build-up, obviously, being the first time.

"Even though we weren't in the greatest form at that particular time I think we really wanted to make a statement about being the top dogs in this State and that's pretty much the way it unfolded.

"Personally I had a reasonable sort of game and really enjoyed the entire experience."

If he were to narrow it down to a single passage of play, Heady's special moment from that derby is two marks - one a brave effort and the other a screamer.

They both came in the first quarter of that first derby.

"I ran back with the flight of the ball," Heady said.

"Jako (Glen Jakovich) was doing his usual stuff, parading around blokes and pretending to handball when everyone knew he was going to kick, all this sort of stuff.

"He kicked one long and I ran back with the flight of the ball. I could see Scotty Chisholm coming at me.

"I dived and took a mark, and then two or three minutes later Turl (teammate Craig Turley) just presented himself beautifully for me on the wing to sit up and sit on his shoulders.

"I got a perfect run up at it and took a mark and jumped on Turl's head.

"He patted me on the head afterwards and said 'well done Jobby'.

"I would have been kicking (myself) for kneeing him in the back of the head at the time and making a lot of foolish statements after the game about that, how I could see the surf down at Scarborough over the three-tier stand, that it's two foot and pumping down there.

"I think I said to some of the guys there were icicles on my fingers I was up that high."

Heady would go on to play in six derbies in total from 1995-1999.

He did not lose a single one as part of the club's nine-derby winning streak before retiring because of injury after kicking 237 goals in a 156-game career.